|Plot Summary of High-Spirited Women of the West|
|"Seagraves discusses the accomplishments of ten women who made a difference in the settling of the American West. They came from a variety of backgrounds such as Jessie Fremont, the daughter of a noted Missouri Senator who became the devoted wife of John Charles Fremont, and Sarah Winnemucca, an Indian Princess who fought for the rights of her people.
Belle Starr exerted her roll as a freewheeling outlaw, cast her vote with a six-shooter while Abigail Scott Duniway fought for women's right to vote. Grace Carpenter Hudson made her mark with an artist's brush while Fanny Stenhouse and Eliza Young rebelled against polygamy. The state of Nevada has Jeanne Elizabeth Wier, a Stanford graduate, to thank for the forming of the Nevada State Historical Society. Helen Jane Stewart followed her husband from ranch to ranch until they bought a ranch in Nevada called Los Vegas. At age 30, and the mother of five children, Helen became a widow when her husband was murdered. She continued bravely and successfully to run their 2,000-acre ranch.
Mary Trotter Kion, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of High-Spirited Women of the West|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
- woman's story
Kind of living:
- pioneering in countryside
- corrupt politician
- colonizing new territory
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- champion of justice
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
- climbing on trails
- fort/military installation
- 19th century
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
- justice system
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
- A ton 16-20 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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